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roads will remain wet [gunfire] >> pelley: a four-month manhunt ended today in a hail of gunfire and the capture of the last surviving terrorist from the massacre in paris. also tonight, the american who joined isis then escaped with his life. panama city beach last year and this year. where did the spring breakers go? we'll show you. and remember jmac? >> it's hot as a pistol. >> pelley: steve hartman
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years later. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the tweet today from a belgian government minister said it all, "we got him." the most wanted fugitive in the paris terrorist attacks is in custody tonight to be charged in the massacre that killed 130 people last november. salah abdeslam was captured with two other suspects in a raid in brussels. his own fingers helped point him out to the police. here's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: by late afternoon, heavily armed police moved in on the apartment in molembeek, not sure who was there. [gunfire] only to find they captured salah abdeslam, one of the ten paris attackers and the only one to have escaped alive. this is believed to be abdeslam the moment he was caught, his leg injured in the raid.
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driven the car that carried the terrorists to france last november -- [gunfire] -- and while paris was many pan-handlers -- pangsd moan yum and authorities helping the wounded, he called friends to pick him up. friends drove him back to belgium where he vanished. despite a international manhunt, abdeslam evaded authorities until today. police caught a break earlier this week when they discovered abdeslam's fingerprints in another raid, suggesting he might have remained hidden in molembeek all this time. a poor neighborhood in central brussels, molembeek remains opaque to outsiders. several of the paris attackers lived here and at least 30 young men have left to fight for isis in syria. abdeslam is now being treated in a hospital, scott, but police are continuing their search for further suspects, and we have seen forensic teams going in and
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was caught earlier today. >> pelley: charlie d'agata on charlie, thank you. also tonight, our digital news network, cbsn, will investigate that brussels neighborhood that has become a breeding ground for isis recruitment. many of those paris attackers were, in fact, french citizens who joined isis in syria and then returned. well, this week we heard of an american who joined isis and has now surrendered in iraq. who is he? we asked jeff pegues to find out more. >> where are you from? >> united states. >> reporter: mohammad jamal khweis is one of the few american isis foreign fighters we know of to walk out of isis-held territory alive. >> i didn't agree with their ideology. >> reporter: he's now a prisoner of the kurds and being interviewed by the f.b.i. a world away from the washington, d.c., suburb where he grew up in this townhouse.
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from the palestinian territories. his father, a limo driver, says he's spoken to the state department and the f.b.i. about his son. >> i have nothing to say. >> reporter: khweis graduated from alexandria, virginia's thomas edison high school in 2007 where friends describe him as a normal guy. >> he wasn't somebody who was like an outcast or anything like that. >> reporter: harrison weinhold says growing up, mohammad jamal khweis was known as "mo" or "michael" >> there wasn't anything that would lead me to believe that this was on the radar, that he's going to join isis. >> reporter: but khweis did join isis, and now investigators want to know how and why. u.s. authorities say in december of last year, khweis left baltimore national airport to england. he met a woman who took him to turkey where he crossed the border into syria. he says a month later he decide
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>> our daily life was basically prayer, eating and learning about the religion for about eight hours. >> reporter: khweis told kurdish tv that he did not see other american foreign fighters. scott, u.s. officials say they will take their time debriefing him before charging him. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom. jeff, thank you. inside syria, holly williams met a teenager who explained why he left isis. >> reporter: he's treated like a dangerous criminal and says he was trained to kill by isis before being captured by kurdish soldiers. but mohammed is also a frightened 19 year old. he asked us to hide his face for his mother's sake. "she often told me to leave isis," he said, "but i never obeyed her." he grew up in a muslim family in syria but told us he knew very
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recruited by an uncle and a village elder. "they recited verses from the quran to explain that muslims must fight," he said. "then they sent me to a camp to learn about islamic law, and gradually i became convinced." mohammed seemed less a committed extremist than simply naive. it doesn't lessen his crimes, but it showing that isis, which release on fighters who will die for the cause, has a weakness. mohammed told us he began the lose faith in isis when he witnessed one of the group's many public executions. what did you think when you saw that? did you still think that was the real islam? "no," he said. "it was horrific. i wish i had never seen it. " he also told us that u.s. coalition air strikes are taking a heavy toll on isis. he and other fighters recently had their food allowance cut.
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are hitting their oil installations," he said, "and they aren't making as much money as before." isis is under pressure because of the u.s. coalition air strikes in "yes," he told us, "a lot." what mohammed told us was confirmed by pretty much everyone we spoke to who is fighting against isis in iraq and syria. scott, the extremists have fewer fighters, they're losing territory, and they also seem to have less cash. >> pelley: 19-year-old boy. holly williams with another story out of syria for us. holly, thanks very much. today mitt romney said that he will vote for ted cruz in tuesday's caucuses in utah. and as the campaign turns to the west, immigration is a hot topic, and we asked major garrett to compare the plans of the republican candidates. >> build that wall! build that wall! >> reporter: it's the hallmark of donald trump's immigration
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wall on the u.s.-mexico border at a cost of $10 billion. >> and who's going to pay for the wall? >> mexico! >> mexico. >> reporter: the mexican government has flatly rejected that plan. trump also wants to triple the number of immigration agents, deport criminal aliens and end citizenship for children born to undocumented immigrants. ted cruz, who toured arizona's border with mexico today, has tried to be tougher than trump on immigration. does the fact you entered illegally permanently bar you from ever entering the country legally? >> i do not believe that anyone who has come here illegally should be eligible for citizenship. we should deport them and they're not eligible to come back here legally. >> reporter: cruz also favors a wall, would increase surveillance on the border and would end sanctuary city. john kasich calls both approaches impractical. >> the idea we would go out in
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just, first of all, it's not doable. secondly, i don't think it's right. >> reporter: kasich supports completion of a border fence, creation of a guest worker program and path to legalization for undocumented immigrants in the country now. apprehensions of undocumented immigrants at the border have declined from their peak in 2000. between 2014 and 2015, they were down 30%. exit polls from this week's primary show g.o.p. voters were more concerned about the economy, government spending and terrorism than immigration. scott, a majority said they wanted to give undocumented immigrants a chance to stay in the u.s. only 40% favored mass deportation. >> pelley: major garrett on the campaign for us tonight. major, thanks. another challenge for the next president will be north korea. this week the u.s. slapped new sanctions on the north for its recent nuclear test. today the north responded by launching two ballistic missiles. david martin has that.
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fired off the back of a truck, flew about 500 miles into the sea of japan. the second one disintegrated before it got over water. both were medium-range missile, capable of reaching japan. they were launched without warning, although missile defenses were already in position in south south korea, japan and the sea of japan, to shoot them down if necessary. the missiles were never a threat, but one defense official called the shots "the edgiest thing north korea could do short of firing off a missile with a great enough range to reach the u.s." north korea fired the missiles in defiance of new economic sanctions orderrered by the obama administration and in response to annual exercises going on in south carolina south carolina. the missile launches are one more step in the seemingly inexorable buildup of north korea's nuclear weapons program. its young, brash leader, kim jong-un, was recently photographed with what was described as a miniaturized nuclear warhead small enough to put on top of a missile.
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hydrogen bomb could destroy new york city. that may sound like bluster, but the pentagon can't afford to ignore it and keeps u.s. missile defenses on near constant alert. kim jong-un has also ordered more underground nuclear tests and u.s. officials say those could come at any time without any warning. scott? >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thank you. well, each year florida gets plenty of warning before the invasion of college students at spring break. mark strassmann has found a community that decided to defend itself and is now having second thoughts. >> reporter: miami beach has its own march madness -- spring break 2016. tens of thousands of college kids have overwhelmed police. bobby jenkins, president of the local fraternal order of police. >> we actually saw people making comments they couldn't go to panama beach because they would be harassed from the time they
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>> reporter: panama city beach, 600 miles northwest of miami beach beach, cracked down after last year's spring break. cell phone video captured an unconscious woman allegedly being gang raped on a crowded beach. a shooting wounded seven people. and more than 1,000 people were arrested last march. this is panama city beach this year. many beachfront businesses are down 80%. neil bennett owns a half dozen businesses and restaurants. he thinks the crackdown went too far. >> i think when you add 21 new laws and ordinance, you take drinking off the beach, you're telling the college spring breaker, don't come here. >> reporter: the kids said see ya? >> they obviously went to other destinations. >> reporter: spinnaker was a hot destination last spring break, not this year. owner sparky sparkman is
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>> normally 300 members. we have less than half that now. >> reporter: now miami beach has to decide how much to crack down, whether to push the party somewhere else along the coast next year. mark strassmann, cbs news, miami beach. >> pelley: at an inner-city high school, something remarkable happened when they further -- put the students in charge. and the eaglet has landed when the "cbs evening news" continues. when they actually this gap between when and when we actually do is one of the reasons why too many of us aren't prepared for retirement. just start as early as you can. it's going to pay if we all start saving a little more today, we'll all be better prepared tomorrow. prudential. bring your challenges. unless you have allergies.
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a deal with the bosnian serbs. >> pelley: wars in iraq and the balkans. >> >> reporter: did you see them? >> no. >> pelley: the fall of the berlin wall. >> reporter: they were streaming across the wall within hours of the announcement. >> pelley: the bombing of the u.s. marine barracks in beirut, and the election of first pope from the americas. along the way allen won just about every award there is and the respect of fellow journalists everywhere. >> if we this our job right, politicians and the public cannot say we didn't know, but you did know. you did know bad things were happening, you did know people were starving, you did know there was bravery, you did know there was courage because we went and we showed you. >> pelley: allen pizzey showed us all, and we will always be grateful. still ahead, he was magic on the court, magic jason.
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>> pelley: to get you in the spirit for the next march madness game at the top of the hour, we have an update on one of the most popular basketball stories ever on this broadcast. here's steve hartman on the road. >> hey. >> how are you? >> good, good. >> reporter: not many high school basketball managers get party on their behalf, especially not ten years after graduation. >> it seems like just yesterday it was magical night back in 2006, coach pointed his finger at me and i stepped on the court for the first time in my varsity career.
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>> reporter: jason mcelwain is awe testic. ten years ago it was his job to fetch water and mop up other people's sweat at greece athena high school in rochester, new york. but for the last game of his senior year, the coach let jason, better known as j mac, suit up and play the final four minutes. that's him going in, number 52. everyone in the crowd was hoping for a layup at most. but jmac had other ideas. he stepped outside the three-point line and drained it. and he was just getting started. >> you caught fire? >> i just caught fire. i was hot as a pistol. >> reporter: jmac ended up shooting six three pointers, one right after the other. he had 20 points total. and each time a shot went in, his teammates and the crowd went a little crazier. his last basket right at the
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after we first told this story, big things started happening for jmac, i mean big things. >> our country was captivated by an amazing story on the basketball court. >> reporter: president george bush requested an audience with him. jmac authored a book about himself, and perhaps the biggest change of all... >> it gave me confidence i can do anything. >> reporter: after graduation, j.macbecame assistant coach at his old high school. his passion for the game hasn't faded a bit. his connection to the students is as strong as ever. the only difference is that now, above it all, number 52 hangs near the rafters, his retired jersey a reminder to us all that there's greatness waiting in every kid. we just need to call their numbers. steve hartman, on the road in rochester, new york. >> pelley: still hot as a pistol after all these years. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight.
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